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    Default Antibiotics Can Make Flu Deadly

    Bryan Hubbard
    July 22 2019

    Antibiotics aren't great for our gut, as we all know—but now researchers have discovered the drugs interfere with signals from the gut that make our lungs more vulnerable to a serious, even life-threatening, form of flu.
    Gut bacteria act as a first-line defence system for the lungs—and it's the lining of the lungs, and not the immune system as everyone assumed, that receive signals from the bacteria.
    But these signals can get scrambled by antibiotics, and this makes the lungs more vulnerable to flu viruses, which can be more virulent as a result.

    Read more: https://www.wddty.com/news/2019/07/a...=1563881746459
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    I'm confused at the interaction of bacteria and viruses. Somehow, antibiotics are making the terrain safer for viruses... but it's not clear to me how this is happening... the mechanics.
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    So, first this study was done on mice. No human or livestock studies yet, but if the findings hold, this could prove to be promising research. Bottom line: gut bacteria uses interferon (protein) signals to warn the cells of the lining of the lungs that an impending viral attack is coming. The lung lining cells begin to mount a defense even before immune cells, which takes about 2 days. **Conversely, when the mice were given an antibiotic, the antibiotic prevented the gut bacteria from signaling the cells in the lining of the lungs. So, if this finding holds true for humans, another reason to avoid antibiotics, if possible.

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    Let's not forget that antibiotics are still used widely in commercial livestock feed as a prophylactic. We are what we eat, but we're also what our food eats. When I have a choice, I choose to eat food that has never been medicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Let's not forget that antibiotics are still used widely in commercial livestock feed as a prophylactic. We are what we eat, but we're also what our food eats. When I have a choice, I choose to eat food that has never been medicated.
    The inorganic foods has taken over us, even though they are not good for us but still we all consume it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinsonsjacob View Post
    The inorganic foods has taken over us, even though they are not good for us but still we all consume it.
    Often, organic food is hard to find and we have no choice but to consume conventional food. When we do have a choice, the higher cost of the organic choice drives our decision. It's wrong that food raised on a vast commercial profit-driven scale should be subsidized by the government. Let it be a level playing field and see who wins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Often, organic food is hard to find and we have no choice but to consume conventional food. When we do have a choice, the higher cost of the organic choice drives our decision. It's wrong that food raised on a vast commercial profit-driven scale should be subsidized by the government. Let it be a level playing field and see who wins!
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